The Division of Veterans Affairs of West Virginia shall
assist eligible veterans, their widows, dependents and orphans in proper preparation and presentation of
their claims for the benefits of their rights and privileges under federal and state laws enacted for their benefits.
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN ELIGIBLE VETERANS: Specific information is available through the local County
AGENT ORANGE PROGRAM: The program administered by the West Virginia Division of
Health expired July 1, 1989. However, assistance is provided to Korean and Vietnam veterans exposed to
certain chemicals, defoliants or herbicides or other causative agents, including Agent Orange from the US Department of Veterans
Affairs, Medicine and Surgery.
STATE WAR ORPHANS EDUCATION: Provides
for a waiver of tuition and registration fees in a state supported college or university for children between the ages of
sixteen and twenty-three whose veteran parent served in World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Era or any time
of conflict as declared by Congress. Parent must have died in such wartime period, or, if subsequent to
discharge, death must have been the result of disability incurred in such wartime service.
FREE LICENSE – AUTOMOBILE: Provides
special vehicle license plates, DV Tags without fee to any veteran in receipt of an auto grant or who is permanently and totally
disabled due to service-connected causes, and former POW Tag as certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Also recent legislation provides for Purple Heart Tags for those wounded in action and Pearl Harbor Survivors Tags
for West Virginia veterans who were at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7, 1941. Veteran Plate
for honorably discharged veterans for a one time fee of $10.00 over and above the regular license fee required by Motor Vehicles.
FREE HUNTING AND FISHING PRIVILEGES for 100% service-connected veterans and those veterans in receipt of a VA auto grant.
STATE VETERANS HOME (DOMICILIARY): Domiciliary
care in Veterans Home is for ambulatory veterans who are able to go to the dining room without help; can dress themselves;
can make their own beds, and can participate in an assigned therapeutic activity. A veteran may be charged
for care if he is able to pay.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: Under the
West Virginia Civil Service System all veterans who have served under honorable conditions in the armed forces of the United
States during World War II, Korea Conflict, Vietnam Era or during hostile conflict shall have five (5) points added to a final
passing score. An additional five (5) points are added to a veteran’s score if in receipt of the
Purple Heart or has a compensable service-connected disability.
VETERANS BONUS: The West Virginia State Legislature approved four separate bonus programs for payment
to veterans of World War I and World War II, Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Era and veterans of conflicts in Lebanon, Panama,
Granada, and Desert Storm. The deadline for making application for these bonus programs has expired as
indicated: World War I and World War II – December 31, 1955; Korean Conflict – June 30, 1959;
Vietnam Era – December 31, 1976; Lebanon, Panama, Granada and Desert Storm – June 30, 1994.
VETERANS RE-EDUCATION ACT FUND: The
West Virginia Legislature provides tuition assistance to those veterans who need a new vocation due to dislocation or unemployment.
Veteran must have exhausted the G. I. Bill and be in need of tuition assistance.